Do you have an embroidering machine, or own a sewing machine that you are ready to use during social distancing? How about scissors? We are looking for you!
In an effort to support first responders, medical professionals, and other essential personnel who may be dealing with the ongoing supply shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE), the Williamson County Commissioners Court has established a Mask Brigade under the leadership of the 26th District Court Judge Donna King. Working in partnership with COVID Rangers and Reid’s Cleaners, the volunteer task force will make fabric masks intended to provide a layer of protection from transmission of airborne contaminants that will later be distributed in compliance with Local Government Code and all applicable state law to those at the frontlines of the battle against COVID-19.
“We are calling on anyone with experience as an embroiderer or a seamster, or with sewing experience, or who might be handy with a pair of scissors to pitch in and help out,” said Judge King.
The goal is to provide guidance to folks willing to roll up their sleeves and volunteer their time, skills and even materials to construct two different types of masks. The Wilco Mask Brigade page, shared below, provides instructions and specifications needed along with drop off information. There are two models of masks being accepted. The first is the COVID Ranger Mask, designed to go over the N95 mask to extend the life of the N95 mask being used by the medical professionals and first responders. The second model, the Pleated Pattern Mask, is intended for official distribution to other identified groups. There are a number of different designs in circulation, but the Mask Brigade will be using these two specific patterns in order to ensure that the masks are standardized.
“The Wilco Way is all about stepping up and helping others and joining the Mask Brigade is one way for our talented residents to do just that. I am grateful to Judge King for leading this effort, and I invite our amazing Williamson County residents to join her,” said Williamson County Judge Bill Gravell.
Interested participants may go to www.wilco.org/howcanIhelp or contact organizers at [email protected] for more information.